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Here I stand, the keeper of the inn : SATB choir

by Andrew Anderson (2015)

Here I stand, the keeper of the inn


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Here I stand, the keeper of the inn / A.J. Anderson.

Library shelf no. 782.55525/AND 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This anthem was inspired by a sermon by the Rev'd Dr Ian Hunter, preached at midnight on Christmas Eve, 2012, in Trinity College Chapel, Melbourne. Its text commences as a seemingly conventional reflection on the story of the innkeeper at Bethlehem. It is well suited as a carol to follow the sixth lesson (Luke 2:1-7) in a Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

The opening theme of the anthem is derived from the recitative "Siehe, ich stehe vor der Tür und klopfe an" ("Behold, I stand at the door and knock") from Bach's Advent cantata BWV 61, and the harmonic language - and, indeed, both the musical and poetic structure - appropriately echoes Herbert Howell's carol-anthem "Here is the Little Door".

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: SATB choir.


Performances of this work

20 Dec 2015: at Nine Lessons and Carols (St James' Old Cathedral (West Melbourne)). Featuring The Old Cathedral Voices.

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